Bernie has been fighting for the poor and middle class for 30 years

To The Daily Sun,

Senator Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for President of the United States.

There are many reasons for this opinion. One of the most important is his record of taking on problems facing the middle class and the poor. For 30 years, Sanders has fought for reforms such as: universal health care, free tuition at public colleges/universities, and fair trade that protects workers, the environment and American jobs. He wants to strengthen the social safety net that provides vital help for working class Americans who: cannot afford child care, have no doctor and face losing their jobs if they need to stay at home to care for a sick child or a newborn baby. Sanders has fought for these things because he believes it is right and moral to do so. Fighting for these issues makes him "...a democratic socialist," not a communist.
Sanders also has called for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes. He wants to end tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas. He has called for raising income taxes for the rich to 50 percent. To Bernie, the top 1 percent should not be allowed to stash their wealth overseas to avoid paying taxes here. He proposes a Wall Street transaction tax to fund free public college for poor and middle class students. Under present tax law, Wall Street bankers can deduct, from their taxes, fines they have to pay for committing fraud! Does wanting to close this ridiculous loophole and these other reforms make Sanders a communist? No. Heʼs a democratic socialist. Whatʼs more, 67 percent or more of 1,500 likely voters polled agree with him on these tax issues.
A third reason for Sanders being the best candidate is the way heʼs running his campaign. He is the only candidate — of either party — who refuses to accept money from a super-PAC or other form of corporate donations. Does Bernie refuse big donations from corporate America because he hates capitalism and is therefore a communist? No. Bernie doesnʼt hate capitalism. But he understands that when capitalism runs completely free, only a very few gain and the many lose. The many lose jobs as in the Great Recession. They lose a clean environment. The many lose the social safety net, a net established to ameliorate the greed which capitalism feeds. They lose their democratic government because money starts to buy elections. The Koch brothers are committing $900 million to the 2016 elections, for example. In contrast, Bernie only solicits small donations from individual citizens, and heʼs being surprisingly successful at it. But is it such a surprise? No, because these donors realize that Bernie is one of them. At campaign events, he is outdrawing Hillary Clinton and any of the Republican candidates — even in "Red States." However, despite these successes and despite viewer polls which show Bernie winning the first Democratic debate, the mass media would have people believe that Sanders canʼt win — either in the primary or in the general election. The media keep repeating this claim over and over. Why? Perhaps itʼs because the mass media is owned by corporations or by wealthy families. Perhaps corporate America and the wealthy understand that if Bernie wins, itʼs us, the people, who win and not them.
Vote for the best candidate in the Democratic primary, and then for him in the general election next November. Vote for Bernie Sanders, and take the first step in taking back the government which is supposed to be "...of the people."

Mike Dowal
New Hampton

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DId Hillary & top aides complete the required training at State or not?

To The Daily Sun,

Hillary has embroiled herself in another scandal of her own making. This one concerns a law regarding protection of classified material. Material, which if released, could compromise our nation's security and get people killed.

For the record, the president issued "Executive Order 13526 – Classified National Security Information" in late 2009, requiring all employees with classification capability to take mandatory training. That requirement became federal law in late 2010. One would think the Secretary of State would be covered by the requirement and that the State Department would be able to confirm the requirement was met.

The State Department created a course subsequent to imposition of the requirement called, "Classified and Sensitive but Unclassified Information: Making and Marking," to satisfy that requirement. Those employees with classification authority who fail to take the course each year are supposed to have their classification authority suspended. One would think records at the State Department would be kept as to who took the training and when.

State Department employees are routinely denied access to information networks and systems for failure to complete this required training. Such action taken by the State Department appears logical as having untrained officials accessing sensitive material would be a menace to national security and could play into the hands of those who would endanger American interests. Audit and control without record keeping would be useless in assuring compliance.

Judicial Watch submitted Freedom of Information Act requests which have been ignored. They said basically: Show us that Hillary Clinton and her top aides at State completed the required training for the handling of classified information. Tell us if any of them had their access at the State Department suspended for not completing the required training. What training did Hillary Clinton take to allow her to make credible representations about classified information on her illicit email system? Tell us that Hillary Clinton didn't put the nation's security at risk. Tell us that she complied with the law.

The State Department is withholding the answers to these questions. Infer from the State Department's action or inaction what you will. The legal battle for the information is ongoing. My question to you today is: Why is funding that legal battle the best use of your tax dollars? Perhaps it is time to call your congressman and your senators and ask them: Why do they agree with the State Department's refusal to disclose? What have your congressman and senators done to protect your tax dollars being wasted fighting to withhold the answers to these questions?

Frank Guinta 202-225-5456
Kelly Ayotte 202-224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen 202-224-2841

Marc Abear

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Thank you, Sheri & Joel, for sponsoring the annual Veterans Day ride

To The Daily Sun,

There is a little publicized event that takes place each year on Veterans Day that I think my fellow motorcyclists should be aware of. Sheri and Joel who own and operate Tilton Haircuts for Men on Main Street in Tilton sponsor a police-escorted ride to the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen each Veterans Day. Attendance varies each year and weather this year kept many riders from attending. Having just removed my wet clothing, I thought I'd submit my first ever letter to this publication.

I would like to urge all my fellow riders to postpone that heartbreaking day when you put up you're beloved two wheelers (and three wheelers) to the 12th of November. This ride is something special. This a show of support and respect to all our fallen heroes, those who have served as well to those who are away from us today serving our country and protecting our freedom. The sacrifices our veterans have and are making for us are far greater than the small amount of discomfort we may have experienced riding in the rain today. In fact, the poor weather only served to make it more meaningful for those who rode today. We can never begin to thank our veterans enough nor can we ever offer an acceptable apology to those who served in Vietnam for the way some in our society treated them upon their return home.
Today's ceremony at the cemetery was well attended as usual but poorly attended by the motorcyclists of this state. If you have never visited the Veterans Cemetery I cannot suggest a better day to do it than Veterans Day. Prepare to be impressed. Our Veterans Cemetery is known to be one of the best if not THE FINEST in the country!
Thank you Sheri and Joel for continuing to sponsor this event. Special thanks to the N.H. State Police motorcycle officers, the Tilton Police and Officers Hunter and Sullivan from Alton, who rode all day with us without the benefit of issued rain gear! It seems that Alton does not provide their motorcycle officers with rain gear (?). Despite being soaked to the core and freezing, these two officers had a smile on their faces and said they hope to be back next year ... hardcore!
This ride has special meaning to me as it does to all participants. I had a special treat this year. Choosing to take up the rear on the ride back to Tilton my rear views reflected nothing but blue lights on my tail. What a novelty knowing they weren't intended for me!
Thanks for a great job everyone and good Lord willing, see you again next year.
Mike Boudreau


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I have delighted in getting to know 'Miss Pig'; you should, too

To The Daily Sun,

Somewhere between Meredith and Laconia, on Rte. 106, if look carefully, you will meet "Miss Pig." Her girth is about one foot by one foot and she is a very fashionable pig. You will always find her appropriately dressed for the holidays or a special event. For example, she donned a wreath last Christmas, a witch's hat and green hair this Halloween and I laughed all the way to Laconia when I saw her in a wading pool with her rubber toy this past summer.

You may have to search a little to see her and be careful because she lives on a curvature in the road, which is heavily traveled. We don't want to cause any accidents.

How kind of her owner to share their pet pig. Needless to say, I love her. \

Susan Goodnough


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A great explanation of how 6-day creation spanned billions of years

To The Daily Sun,

I read with great interest the letter by Scott Joyce about how he believes in the God of the Bible but also knows the universe is 14 billion years old. I have always known the Bible contained ultimate truth, even before I began looking into it seriously. How did I know? Because the beauty of the poetic language has a weightiness, a depth and a substance that resonates with truth, more than any other poetry I've ever read. So much so, that it exists in a category of its own. I knew it had to come from God. When I began to attend church and read the Bible I knew the six-day explanation for the creation of the world didn't make sense. But it didn't bother me. I knew there was a way to understand it that I hadn't reached yet.

Then I read a book titled, "I Have A Friend Who's Jewish, Do You?" by Don Goldstein. He gives a great explanation of how the 6-day creation actually spans billions of years. It's not something I can recreate in a few sentences. I recommend reading his great book. Mostly his book is about how the Old Testament reveals Jesus. I know a lot of books do that, but this book has a uniquely inspired and lively way about it that I would highly recommend. The author is Jewish and he's writing for Jews and he approaches his subject from a very intellectual vantage point, which I appreciate. It is possible to arrive at a belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior through study and scholarly investigation, despite the claims of Calvinist types that it can only happen by being struck dumb by something completely outside yourself and devoid of any mental effort. That's baloney, as anyone who's read C.S. Lewis can attest.

Mr. Joyce says he came to his belief in God and adoption of Jesus as Savior while going through a difficult time in his life. This is what happened to me. I was dealing with an issue that was so large and impossible to cope with I knew that only God could help me. Further, I was dealing with something I believed was demonic, and I knew from hearing it all my life that Jesus is the go-to man for dealing with demons. So I began attending a church. In time I began to see my own sinfulness and was blessed with an intuitive understanding that unless I was saved, I would be nose to nose with all the black gunk inside my own soul for all eternity. Yuck!

Mr. Scott's assertion that you can't really grasp the meanings of certain Bible passages unless you read them in Greek or Hebrew gives me a strong desire to do that. But I'm daunted by the thought of how long it would take and how hard it would be to learn. Maybe Mr. Scott could write back and say something about that. I'm no spring chicken. I don't have 30 years to spend to learn two languages. But maybe it wouldn't be as hard as it seems. Also, if possible I would like to study these languages without doing it online, as I'm somewhat internet averse.

Hillarie Goldstein

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